So What Are Past Life Resonances... and
Why Should You Care About Them?
Past life resonances are simply "inherited
patterns of being modified by experience". These patterns of being
are the sum total of all the learning that you have inherited from
past lives. This is how keep all that you have learned in past lives
without being overwhelmed by all the details of your previous
These "patterns of being" are meant to be
"modified by experience" as you live each lifetime. Most resonances
are good: they are the sources of your strengths, skills, and talents.
However, those resonances which keep you from being all you can be
today - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually - need to be
When you come into a new life, you enter into an
agreement to forget about past ones. Although "forgotten", your past
lives lie just near enough to the surface of your conscious awareness
for you to access them. These traces of the past in the present -
"resonances" - hold the key to unlocking information about your
So What Are the Most Common Sources of
Past Life Resonances?
Historical resonances give powerful clues
to your past life journey.
If you are attracted to a certain historical
figure, this is a sign that you might have lived in a time or place
where you would have known or known about this person. Rarely would
you have been that individual. The one person who was, in fact, that
usually has a hard time believing it. They
often imagine that they were connected with that figure in a romantic
manner (as a friend or a lover). For them, this explains their
attraction... at first. Eventually enough evidence emerges convincing
them of the truth.
If you are attracted to a certain historical
event, it may be that you have, in fact, participated in that event.
For example, in Barbara Lane's book,
"Echoes from the Battlefield: First Person
Accounts of Civil War Past Lives",
she was curious to see if a group of Civil War
reenactors, when regressed, would have any connection to a past life
during the American Civil War. Lane was astonished to find ALL of the
reenactors "experienced past life memories of the [Civil War]" (p. 222)
(as she did not expect it!).
If you are attracted to a certain historical
period, this is a sign that you might have, in fact, lived and died
during that time period. The greater your fascination with the past
time period, the more likely it is that you lived then... and that
you have a past life effecting you today... that is crying out for
If you have been compelled to visit a certain
place, it is likely that you are returning to a place where you had a
traumatic past life. For example, each year many people make the
journey to Sierra Leone in Africa to see the remains of slave holding
pens. Many who visit have violent reactions (uncontrollable anger or
tears) to the pens... where they were imprisoned in past lives. These
people (unconsciously) return to the scene of past life crimes... so
they can release the pain of the past forever.
Present day asthma is often the result of
having been suffocated in past lives. In past lives, present life
asthma sufferers were gassed to death, crushed underneath a slab,
hung by the neck, snuffed by a pillow, and somehow strangled out of
oxygen. Asthma is the body's way of remembering this past life
Present day allergies are often the result
of having been poisoned in past lives. In past lives, present life
allergy sufferers were poisoned by eating food, drinking beverages,
or inhaling toxins. Allergies to what "looks and feels" like that
past life poison. Allergies are the body's way of avoiding past
life poison now.
birth marks and defects
are the body picking up where it left off
in past lives. Birth defects now, like missing limbs, stem from
the loss of limbs in past lives. Birth marks now are the scars
from where the body was shot, stabbed, strangled, burned, or
tortured in past lives.
Present day chronic pain, especially when
modern medicine cannot discern its cause, is often the result of
past life trauma. Wherever it hurts now is often the result of
where the body was killed or wounded in past lives. When the
chronic pain cannot be linked to a present life, it is likely to
come from past lives.
Present day chronic fatigue illnesses, like
especially when modern medicine cannot discern
its cause, is often the result of past life trauma. When the body has
experienced massive trauma in past lives, it is so overburdened with
past life resonances that it overloads the present with fatigue.
Name resonances explain why you are being
called by a past life name.
Name Lives On:
When people have had close connections to
one another in past lives, they get very used to certain names...
and that familiarity carries over... right into the present life.
Different Name, Same Person:
One client always calls me "Linda" and has a
hard time addressing me as "Ellen" now. As she explains,
"I know you are Ellen but you feel like
Linda to me... so that is why I am always calling you that..."
I have gotten used to it: it is just one of
the occupational hazards of being a past life counselor. Sometimes
the past bleeds into the present and getting called by a "wrong"
past life name is bound to happen from time to time.
Same Name, Different People:
The surest sign of a past life name bleeding
through is when several, different people call you by the same "wrong"
name now (especially when they do not know one another). Another
client named "Ron" is often referred to by both family and friends
as "Kevin" now. No one in "Ron's" family circle or among his friends
is named Kevin. Yet that "wrong name" persists and "Ron" answers to
both names as if they applied equally to him.
Same Name, Same Sex:
Interestingly enough, the "wrong" past life
name 99 times out of 100 is associated with the same gender. In other
words, Ellen gets called Linda (female names) and Ron gets called
Kevin (male names) but rarely would an Ellen be called a John.
Ironically, John is the name I have had most often in past lives
(mostly male in past lives). So, all other things being equal, I
should have been called that by others... but it has never
Same Name Feels Right:
You will know that "wrong name" is a past
life name when it "feels" right to you now. In other words, being
called "Linda" feels as right to me as being called "Ellen" - each
of those names seem as if they belong to me. When it comes to any
sort of past life awareness (like reacting to a "wrong name"), your
best guide to your personal truth is what you know/think/feel to
be true inside your own heart.
"If it feels right, it is right!"
Object Resonances are when special
possessions are clues to your past lives.
When some common household object catches
your attention because it is the symbol for the past life you most
need to know about... to heal your life today. Like an anchor buried
in the sand, it will eventually surface in your life and demand
When you become attracted to the art or music
of a particular historical period, more often than not, it was because
you had a past life at that time. Your attraction to that art or music
is like a string around your finger reminding you - subconsciously -
of either a past life you deeply loved or a past life crying out for
When you collect certain items, these reveal
clues about your past lives. Those who collect weapons (knives, guns,
swords) usually had military past lives. Those who collect sacred
items (rosaries, icons) usually had past lives in religious orders.
Those who collect coins usually had past lives as government officials.
When you decorate your home in a period style
(like Early American or Victorian), you most likely lived during that
period. When you surround yourself with objects from certain cultures
(like Chinese, African, French, etc), you most likely lived in that
place at another time. Historical objects always have a past life
tale to tell.
When you dress in clothes from a certain
historical period (even if it is just privately), your desire to do
so stems from a past life. When you dress in clothes from a culture
that is not the one you presently live in, this is also most likely
driven by past lives.
When you will only work with professional
level tools (cooking, needles, construction, writing, etc), it is
most likely because you have a talent from past lives that is
People Resonances are the best place to
look for clues to your past lives.
"Love at First Sight!"
is a documented historical phenomenon. Caesar
and Cleopatra acted as man and wife from almost the first moment they
met. Once Czar Nicholas met Lady Alexandra, he - in an uncharacteristic
act of stubbornness - refused to consider marrying anyone else. After
Queen Victoria met Albert, she was determined to marry him. The same
with King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry VIII and Anne
Boleyn, and the list goes on.
Those who you met and instantly like have been
most likely been with you in many past lives. The pleasant and
harmonious dealings with these comrades in past lives leave warm
thoughts and feelings in mind and heart. Both of you have come
together again to pick up where you left off and to bring even more
love and happiness into both your lives... good karma in action.
Those who you met and instantly dislike have
been most likely been with you in many past lives. The unpleasant
and bitter dealings with these enemies in past lives leave cold
thoughts and feelings in mind and heart. Both of you have come
together again to heal the situation with love and forgiveness or
risk bad karma.
Those who you feel comfortable enough to
partner with have most often been your professional/business partner
in past lives. Those who are compatible in money making ventures
tend to come together to bring their wealth and success to higher
levels. Many times people spend more karmic time with business
partners than family members due to these shared career goals.
Whether it is in families, among friends, or
inside businesses, those who have been allies (or enemies) in past
lives tend to continue such alliances (or animosities) in the
Place resonances provide the easiest clues
to previous lives.
Places to Visit:
Those places that you would like to visit are
most often places you have lived in one or more past lives. If you
think those places are the same for everyone, just ask five of your
friends where they would like to visit. Chances are these places will
not be the same for everyone... and each person will have a different
reason for why their place is the best one to visit (ex. it feels like
Places to Live:
Those places that you would like to live
(other than where you are living) are most often place you have
lived in one or more past lives. Where you live now is most often
a "new" place for you (as most people like to experience different
places to live). However, there are some who tend to "stick" to a
few favorite places (which is allowed as long as the individual
can meet karmic goals).
Places at Home:
If you have no favorite places to visit or
live, then look around your home. Many people decorate their houses
in the style or with objects from periods in history they lived
through. The past is often present in those places which call to
us most strongly.
Places in Dreams:
Often those places you dream about were those
where you lived in past lives. Sometimes the names of places (as they
are now) where you lived previously will surface in your dreams.
Dreams are often the first place for past lives to emerge.
Poison resonances can complicate life and
make healing difficult.
As you grow up (and before your past life karma
fully attaches to you), you have to eat to live. During your childhood
(until age 12), your mind develops a database of "safe foods" (what you
can eat that will never cause you trouble). By age 13, that list of
"generally recognized as safe" will be closed to changes if you have
poison resonances from past lives to be worked through. Either you
will continue to only eat the same "safe" foods -or- you will need to
heal the issues keeping you from eating (and living) more fully.
Those who were poisoned in past lives develop a
present life reluctance to ingest vitamins, minerals, and other
supplements designed for wellness. Even if those with poison
resonances are convinced in their minds that taking supplements makes
good sense, their body will block them from doing so if those
supplements "look and feel" like poison that killed them in past
Those who were poisoned in past lives develop
a present life reluctance to take injections or ingest medicines.
Those with poison resonances will often have to be sedated before
they can be medicated. Again, even if their mind agrees with the
medicine, the body will resist. Often this problem will expand to
prevent the individual from accepting healing in any form.
Religion resonances from past lives are among the strongest ones.
After genetics, religion is one of the main
reasons - karmically - that we choose to reincarnate into a particular
family. That is why most people adopt the religion of their parents
and choose not to change it later on in their life. They want to
explore their religion fully by choosing to follow it for a lifetime.
Only after following a religion for a lifetime can a person truly
learn and understand it.
More often people stick with their religion
while they explore others. For example, there are many Christians who
incorporate some of the traditions of Jewish Kabbalah into their
lifestyle. There are also "Jews for Jesus" who do not accept Jesus
as their Messiah but admire Christian teachings. Less often people
study another religion and later end up converting to it because it
appeals more to their current personality than their birth religion.
Conversion by Marriage:
Most often, when people do change their
religion, it is because they have agreed to adopt the "different
religion" of their spouse. Their conversion by marriage gives them
the rich opportunity to explore more than one religion and (hopefully)
to expand their consciousness through this additional exploration.
Conversion by Attraction:
Often when people radically change their
religion (leaving their birth faith), it is usually past lives at work.
For example, someone who converts from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism
is still a Christian and has only made a small change in their religion.
While another who converts from Catholicism to Buddhism has made a
radical change in their religion. The more radical the change in
religion, the more likely the individual has changed to a much loved
religion from past lives.
Starvation resonances from past lives create
Lack of Supply:
You are suffering from "lack of supply" when
you are fearful that your next meal is never coming. Even with
cabinets and refrigerators stuffed with food, do you still buy more...
and go out for restaurant meals as well? If so, past life starvation
is effecting you.
In this or other lives, the individual was
actually a survivor... of war torn, disaster stricken, or impoverished
areas and personally experienced prolonged periods of starvation.
This is especially true when they connected with traumatic past lives
where they or those they loved had starved to death.
The person's family members often told stories...
of how they starved or how others starved. Their parents never left
enough food in the house... or they constantly hoarded it. Their
parents/spouse deprived them of food... often through starvation diets...
as a means of controlling or punishing them. Their parents/ spouse
were irresponsible... and their neglect resulted in shortages.
The person's classmates stole food from them...
and they often went hungry at school. Their friends told them stories...
of how they starved or how others starved... and this scared them.
Fear and Paranoia:
Are you always waiting for things to go wrong?
Are you convinced that others are out to get you? Are you certain that,
no matter what you do, you will be screwed over in the end? If the
answers to all these questions are "yes", then you are most likely
effected by a "fear and paranoia" past life terror resonance.
Fear of Attack:
When you are alone, are you always looking
around you and scanning the area for others who are looking to attack
you? Are you always fearing that these unsafe others are about to
attack you? Are you really fearful that others will attack you from
behind? If so, this is a "fear of attack" resonance from past lives.
Fear of Accident:
When you get in a car, a bus, a train, or a
plane, do you always feel like you are taking your life in your hands?
When others drive, does it make you nervous? Are you certain an
accident is just around the corner waiting to injure, maim, or kill
you? If so, this is a "fear of accident" resonance from past lives.
Fear of Theft:
Every time you leave your home, are you certain
that thieves are just ready to pounce? When you leave on vacation, are
you certain you will arrive home to an empty house? Do you go to bed
fearing a burglar will break into your home while you are sleeping?
If so, this is a "fear of theft" resonance from past lives.
Fear of the Dark:
When the sun goes down, do you fear the dark?
Do you avoid going out at night because you fear what can happen at
night? Do you avoid getting out of bed at night because you fear the
dark? When driving at night, does your stress level go up? If so,
this is a "fear of the dark" resonance from past lives.
Touch resonances from the past complicate
life and make intimacy difficult.
Avoiding Tight Clothes:
Touch resonances are often the most noticeable
when it comes to clothes. Sufferers find it hard to wear ties or scarves
around their neck... when they died by hanging in past lives. They find
it hard to wear watches or bracelets on their wrists... when they died
from being dragged at the wrists by racing horses or chariots. They
find it hard to wear belts... when they died from being tortured at the
torso. All these types of traumatic deaths in past lives create
present life touch resonances to avoid tight fitting clothes.
Avoiding Physical Touches:
Even the thought or the suggestion of someone
touching a sufferer in the "forbidden place" is hard for them to
bear. Being touched in the present... where the sufferer died in the
past... can be absolutely excruciating. The sufferer will often have
a violent reaction to these touches in sensitive past life areas. They
will move away as quickly as if they were stung by a bee.
Avoiding Physical Pressure:
Touch resonances related to physical
pressure are also very sensitive. Sufferers will automatically avoid
situations where they will be pressed physically. They will avoid
crowds (the pressure of bodies in close proximity) on subways, trains,
airplanes, and at malls. They will avoid small seats (needing to fly
first class and not coach). They will avoid hugging, touching, and
physical closeness of every kind. Any kind of physical pressure will
set off this pressure past life resonance in those suffering from it.
Work resonances from the past have formed
your present life career.
"What Do You Do?"
When people meet, one of the first things they
talk about is what they do for a living. If they were aware of their
past lives, the next question would be, "How long have you been doing
it?" The vast majority would answer "for most of history!" Most often,
individuals find what they like to do as work… and then stick with it
and perfect it as they move along their cycle of reincarnation.
The surest sign of past life resonance at work
is the emergence of natural talents. What you are naturally good at
doing now… you have probably done for thousands of years. Those who
are happiest in their careers are content because they have found their
true vocation and are bringing their skills to new/greater levels.
Another sign is attracting harmonious work
partners. If you enjoy working with certain individuals, if you feel
very comfortable with them on a personal basis, if you are certain
that you can absolutely rely on their skills and talents now, it is
likely that you all are recreating great collaborations from past
A final sign is that those who are working at
their chosen vocation feel a sense of mission. They feel as if they
are doing the most important work in the world. They could not imagine
doing anything else. They experience a constant fascination with new
developments in their chosen field. Before they leave, they entrust
their mission to "safe hands" of a new generation. After they leave,
they often decide to reincarnate and do more in their new life.